Monday, June 30

Grilled Steak Tacos with Watermelon-Mango-Jicama Salsa

watermelon half

How much watermelon does the average American consume each year? (answer below)

A. 6 pounds
B. 16 pounds
C. 38 pounds
D. 312 pounds

It's already the Fourth of July, and if you haven't had a watermelon yet, then this is the week to start. I mean, really, a Fourth of July without watermelon is like a birthday without a cake.

I love eating plain watermelon in its simple, sweet glory, but it’s also fantastic in savory dishes. The key is to pair it with contrasting flavors such as salty cheeses, bitter salad greens, acidic vinegars, or smoky grilled meats to balance the watermelon's sweetness.

grilled steak tacos with watermelon-mango-jicama salsa

In fact, why not try something different for this Fourth of July -- like my new Grilled Steak Tacos with Watermelon-Mango-Jicama Salsa? For this dish, char-grilled steak is topped with a sweet and tangy watermelon salsa and crumby Mexican cheese. This salsa is so refreshing that you may want to make extra so your guests can dunk their tortilla chips in it while they're waiting for the steak to grill.

Then, while they're munching, you can show off your watermelon knowledge: the average American eats 16 pounds of watermelon a year! Course, I have over 20 pounds a year myself, so there a few people out there eating less than 16 pounds to average things out.

watermelon-mango-jicama salsa

Grilled Steak Tacos with Watermelon-Mango-Jicama Salsa
Makes 4 servings
Print recipe only here.

Salsa:
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup diced mango
¾ cup diced, de-seeded, peeled cucumber
¾ cup diced jicama
2-3 green onions, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, with half the seeds
1 small avocado, diced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons each of fresh chopped mint and cilantro
Salt, to taste

Steak:
4 (4-6 oz.) top sirloin steaks
Salt and pepper
8 white corn tortillas
½ cup Cotija Anejo cheese

Heat the grill to high. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Place steaks on the grill, close cover, and cook until charred, about 5 minutes. Closing the cover will help create a charred exterior and a softer, juicer interior. Turn steaks over, lower the heat to medium-high, and cook another 3-4 minutes for a medium-rare steak or 5-6 minutes for a medium steak. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Heat tortillas on the top rack of grill for about for 1 minute per side or until warmed through.

Place the sliced steak on the tortilla shell, spoon some salsa on top, and sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Note: Cotija Anejo is a mild flavored Mexican cheese with a crumbly texture and can be found in the refrigerator section of most major supermarkets.


And don't forget about grilled watermelon
for dessert!


Grilled Watermelon Slices with a Honey-Lime Syrup




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Susan's Summertime Salsa





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65 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love watermelon with savory contrasts, too. There is a wonderful recipe in Julia Child's Cooking with Master Chefs for a fruit salad of watermelon and canteloupe, I think, with a spicy Thai peanut dressing. Delicious!

haleysuzanne said...

Your salsa looks amazing; I will have to try it this weekend! We must be on the same wavelength, because I made a cucumber and raspberry salad tonight that used many of the same flavors. (One of the recipes I'm working on for July: Month of the Cucumber). Beautiful pictures with your post, too!

urkuletz said...

OMG!!! LOOKS SO YUMMMY!!!!
i love watermelon! I love mangoes!!! oh to mention love jicama.. yummmmmmmmmmm!

***wipes off my drool!***

Ivy said...

This is very creative Susan. I could never have imagined anything but Watermelon and Halloumi. However, in Greece they make the most amazing spoon sweet with the peel of the watermelon (of course after peeling the green part).
BTW voting has started for the Fat Chefs or Skinny Gourmets? and you can vote for your favourite recipe and your friends can vote for you.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Perfect for the summer! What a delicious, refreshing and colorful dish! You always have great ideas!

Cheers,

Rosa

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful colors - looks like fireworks!

Ann said...

I adore watermelon paired with feta, olives and red onion! Your salsa is just gorgeous, natch! (I won't complain about the fact that we won't be seeing melon for a few weeks yet!)

SteamyKitchen said...

honey, youo are the salsa queen! sounds so refreshing

Asha said...

I LOVE Jicama! So crunchy and juicy in salads. I added to Panzanella and was so yummy! Watermelon salsa looks colorful and delicious!:)

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

That salsa looks great Susan!!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lydia-What a coincidence. I just made a watermelon and cantaloupe salad but with Italian flavors.

haleysuzanne-Month of the cucumber? I didn't know that. And it's so refreshing in salsas.

urkuletz-Yay! So glad you like it.

ivy-I've never tried it with halloumi. Now I'll have to, thanks!

rosa-Thanks so much!

tw-Really? Cool!

ann-It is wonderful with feta and olives.

jaden-I try. ;)

asha-I love it too.

judy-Thanks!

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

wow, Susan, I always consume watermelon raw, never even thought about grilling it, n even add it to meat! Gosh, who can resist your cuisine, WHO???? :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I never would have thought to include watermelon in a salsa (or anything outside of dessert, to be honest), but this looks too good to pass up (not to mention how festive it looks). I definitely have to try this one out.

Joanna said...

I don't think I've ever had watermelon in a savory dish -- what have I been doing all my life?? This looks so, so good.

glutenfreeforgood said...

This is such a good post! Wow, thanks for all the great ideas. I think I may shift my focus this 4th of July and go with your steak tacos and salsa. My mouth is watering looking at that bowl of fresh ingredients. Wow, that would also be good on grilled salmon. Or, even scattered on fresh lettuce leaves. Or, fish tacos. I could go on with this one. Very nice! Thanks!
Have a happy 4th!
Melissa

foodluvin said...

Great post! I am a fellow SD food blogger. Gonna definitely try your watermelon jicama salad. I make a watermelon, cucumber balsamic basil salad I need to get around to posting.But yours is looking pretty good.

Peace,

Rob

Kristen said...

Oh that picture has my mouth watering! Mmmmmmm!

Karina said...

Susan, Your salsas are always gorgeous! I love the idea of a fruit salsa with steak. This is so easily gluten-free. Thanks for another a delicious recipe.

swirlingnotions said...

How can it already be a year since your grilled watermelon post? Oh my, this summer has snuck up on me. Another fabulous watermelon recipe to add to the stash, though . . . thanks!

Dragon said...

I can't wait to try this. I've never tried Jicama but this seems the perfect recipe to start with.

Norm Schoen said...

Your salsa looks great! There is a Mediterranean restaurant near my house in Portland, Or. where they serve a similar salad combination.
The fruit is cut larger (1" cubes) and add some salt cured olives and feta crumbles.

Annie said...

Susan I was just thinking about what I could make with the watermelon I bought. I can always count on you for something out of the ordinary and delicious. It looks great!

Kevin said...

Those tacos look good! Nice and bright and colourful.

Cynthia said...

I think that watermelon are really great in salsas like you made and wonderful in salads too.

amandalouden said...

That looks amazing! YUM!

linda said...

This looks fantastic and delicious! Great way of using watermelon! I know that in Israel it is often served with feta cheees but I've never tried that.

Zita said...

Wow..tacos look so freshly yummy...the only thing is here they don't have seedless watermelon:(

Half Baked said...

Yumm I love watermelon salads. I'm going to give this one a try!

Peter G said...

This watermelon salsa has my mouth watering Susan. Great contrasting flavours for the tacos.

Kate / Kajal said...

i never knew that watermelon was associated with July 4 th ! And also u have used them in so many savoury dishes. Nice .... i even have one lying in the kitchen. I'm making the salsa today for sure. Thanks !

cristie said...

I love tacos but never thought of adding watermelon. My kids LOVE watermelon. Great idea! Now if I put watermelon in the tacos I won't have to urge the kids to eat them. Thanks.

Katy said...

love it! i have trouble eating fruits other than fresh berries during the summer, but i can learn to make room for watermelon too. that grilled watermelon recipe sounds amazing too!

Elra said...

Watermelon! so perfect for summer. Grill watermelon? Now that's worth trying. Cheers

noble pig said...

This is genius, I love it. I never thought about watermelon in there. How perfect.

Deborah said...

I don't think I've ever had watermelon in a savory dish. This sounds fantastic!

Meghan said...

This is beautiful! I never thought to use watermelon... I can't wait to try this!!

mary said...

They all look great.. I will definitely try these out.. Great recipes for the season.. Thanks for the recipes ;)

Mary from Cooking Recipe Videos

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

I was scared to come by coz I knew I'd bookmark like mad...just what I'm doing! This sounds great Susan...I'm gonna make this soon! YUM!!

Elly said...

This looks beautiful, not to mention delicious! My husband and I are crazy with the watermelon. In fact, it's possible we do take down 312 lbs. each. :)

Jyothsna said...

You do come up with some lovely salsas! I'd like to try it with halloumi cheese.Yum!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

We do not have 4th of July celebrations here, but I will invent a celebration to tuck into those lovely tacos!Mmmmmm

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Right on watermelon!! I often have watermelon for a glass of water;) so much nicer! My aunt & I used to have the seed spitting contest all summer.
Watermelon, jicama and mango that sounds terrific indeed.

Lynnylu said...

We just finished eating one of the best watermelons I've ever had and now I wish I had saved some to make your salsa. Will definitely buy another and do just that.

David Hall said...

Just fantastic Susan. You now have 2 recipes in my fave recipes of 2008 so far - I am going to have to make the difficult decision of using just one when I announce them at Xmas time! Looking forward to making this with Cerys soon.

Cheers
David

Heather said...

wow! this looks delicious! i love the combination of steak and watermelon. I just bought a huge one for tomorrow, so now I have another thing to do with it :) I am making watermelon cucumber mojitos, but I doubt that will use the whole watermelon ;)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a beautiful salsa! I love how the colors just pop. Those tacos would make any summer evening something special.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Adding watermelon to the salsa is brilliant.. You always come up wih amazing ideas!!

I love watermelon ..and the first pic is too too good!!

Hillary said...

Those tacos are too beautiful for words. Love the summer colors!

Cakespy said...

I'm obsessed with watermelon, and have been loving all of the creative uses for it I've been seeing recently. I must say though, this salsa and the grilled watermelon really take the cake! Wonderful!

familiabencomo said...

This look heavenly! I will have to try this soon - we buy a lot of watermelon here. I guessed 38 lbs.... Ooops. Have a happy 4th!

xoxox Amy

Maya said...

I just want a bowl of the refreshing salsa and spoon :)

BaL said...

Happy 4th of July :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

If that doesn't sell itself on its looks, you might like to know that there are reports over here is that watermelon can work as well as Viagra. Honest.

Lori Lynn said...

Fantastic! Love your combination of flavors. The cotija cheese is a brilliant addition.

Happy Fourth of July to you and your family Susan!

Deborah Dowd said...

Some people must only be getting about 10 pounds because I know I eat more than my share! At least I did before I went on the South Beach diet!

Prudy said...

Hope you had a nice holiday. That's a beautiful salsa, and I love the way you've styled it.

Gattina said...

Susan, when I am still dreaming about your strawberry-n-pork and kumquat-n-watercress, you've already put watermelon in salsa! You are the driving force of new cuisine!
Have a wonderful summer Susan! I'm going away for vacation, will "see" you soon!

Helen said...

I love the colours in this salsa - so pretty and I love the idea of grilled watermelon too.

katiez said...

You may now feel sorry for me... No watermelon! None. Rien. Nada.
But I shall feel happy for you!

Chris said...

This is genius! I can't wait to try it...:)

Dhanggit said...

all the things i love: watermelon, mango and jicama...this is magical susan!! i love it!

Meeta said...

Susan, thins sounds simply refreshing and perfect for the summer. i love mixing watermelon with savory foods. as a matter of fact i get funnly looks when i sprinkle watermelon with fresh cracked pepper!!

hi!monkey said...

let's not forget the classic watermelon stonehenge!

We Are Never Full said...

great idea! i just saw a chef on TV make a curry w/ watermelon - so creative. it's one of those underutilized fruits! great job!

Jeanne said...

I think I'm in love with your salsa... The colours, the flavours, the textures - the whole lot! I think hubby is going to have to fire up the grill this weekend... I also found another novel use for watermelon this week - use it instead of strawberries in a Pimms cocktail. Too delicious.

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